CD: Anti 6749-2
There's a lot riding on 'Burn the Maps', The Frames' first studio album in
three years. 2001's 'For the Birds' was released on their own Plateau label
and started the regeneration of a band who had suffered more than most from
the slings and arrows of outrageous record company fortune. Now, 15-years-old,
fresh from headlining Marlay Park and after signing a deal with prestigious
Californian label Anti, they're a band finally coming into
their prime. In The Frames' case, what has not broken them has truly made them
stronger and their new line-up - no more Dave Hingerty on drums and the replacement
of guitarist Dave Odlum by former Electrical Audio Studios recording engineer
Rob Bochnik - are a tight and talented unit. After their live album
'For the Birds', 'Burn the Maps' has a richer texture and more lush production.
'Santa Maria' on that album, many of the tracks here have quiet, simple starts
that gradually build complexity and volume. 'Finally' lifts, dips and lifts
for frontman Glen Hansard to raggedly scream his way to the end while there's
a nod to Mercury Rev's epic soundscapes on 'A Caution to the Birds'. Bassist
Joe Doyle shares vocal duties on final track, the downtempo and acoustic 'Locusts'.
It's a bittersweet ending that will leave you wanting to play the album all
over again. Perhaps the greatest triumph of The Frames is that they have never
stopped developing their sound, and still they are simple, honest songwriters.
The Frames offer no gimmicks or special effects, just 100% of themselves.
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